THE MacBETH REPORT:
The Augsburger Panther (Germany, DEL) announced that they won’t re-sign six players to contracts for next season, including D Nick Ross (Regina, Kamloops, Vancouver, 2004-09). Ross started the season with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), getting one goal and three assists in nine games, before signing with Augsburg, where he had two goals and seven assists in 24 games.
Another day and another logo similar to the one used by the NHL’s Washington Capitals.
This time a poster to this blog lets us know that the “Central Plains Capitals of the Manitoba Midget AAA League and Female Midget AAA team both use the Capitals logo as well.”
Here’s their logo . . .
The fog has lifted for Brian Roberts, who is working to get back to what he once was — the Baltimore Orioles’ starting second baseman. He has gone through two concussions but it appears that he is fine now. If you are suffering with post-concussion syndrome or know someone who is, read this piece right here. It’s written by Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com and it will show you what a long, long road recovery can be.
The Portland Winterhawks set a franchise playoff record when they allowed just 11 shots in beating the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-1 in Game 2 on Saturday. In the 2005 playoffs, the Winterhawks limited Everett to 14 shots in a game, although the Silvertips won that one, 3-0. . . . Portland D Troy Rutkowski now has played in a franchise record 58 playoff games, one more than F Ty Rattie. Going into these playoffs, Rutkowski had been tied with former Winterhawks D Joe Morrow. . . . Portland G Mac Carruth has played in 56 postseason games. . . . If you missed it, Morrow was traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, going to the Dallas Stars in a deal that had former Winterhawks F Brendan Morrow go the other way. No, the two aren’t related. . . .
The WHL has suspended Saskatoon Blades F Jessey Astles for two games for his hit on Medicine Hat Tigers F Matt Staples in Game 1 of that series. Astles sat out Game 2 and will miss Game 3 tonight in Medicine Hat. . . . Staples is believed to have suffered a concussion. . . .
Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that Blades F Erik Benoit, 19, won’t play in the series. Benoit is expected to be out for up to two weeks. . . . “Benoit hasn’t played since sustaining a lower-body injury March 15 in Prince Albert,” Nugent-Bowman reports. “He has been seen around Credit Union Centre with a brace on his left knee.” . . .
Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald reports that the Americans will have D Mitch Topping and F Tyson Dallman available tonight as they resume their series with the Spokane Chiefs. The Americans, down 2-0, will play host to the next two games — and three, if necessary — in the series. . . . Topping hasn’t played since March 8 and has missed nine games. Dallman has been out since Feb. 22. . . . The Americans have lost their last seven games, four of them to the Chiefs. . . .
The Edmonton Oil Kings will again be without F T.J. Foster, who missed the first two games of their series with the Kootenay Ice, with an undisclosed injury. He didn’t make the trip to Cranbrook for Games 3 and 4. . . .
The Oil Kings drilled a bull elk on their way to Cranbrook for tonight’s third game of their series with the Kootenay Ice. “The elk is deceased,” writes columnist Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun. “The bus is disabled.”
Jones’ column is right here.
The WHL’s first-round situation:
Edmonton (1) vs. Kootenay (8)
(Series tied 1-1; Game 3 tonight in Cranbrook)
Saskatoon (2) vs. Medicine Hat (7)
(Medicine Hat leads 2-0; Game 3 tonight in Medicine Hat)
Calgary (3) vs. Swift Current (6)
(Calgary leads 2-1; Game 4 tonight in Swift Current)
Red Deer (4) vs Prince Albert (5)
(Red Deer leads 2-0; Game 3 tonight in Prince Albert)
Portland (1) vs. Everett (8)
(Series tied 1-1; Game 3 on Wednesday in Everett)
Kelowna (2) vs. Seattle (7)
(Seattle leads 2-0; Game 3 tonight in Kent, Wash.)
Kamloops (3) vs. Victoria (6)
(Kamloops leads 2-0; Game 3 tonight in Victoria, Bear Mountain Arena)
Spokane (4) vs. Tri-City (5)
(Spokane leads 2-0; Game 3 tonight in Kennewick, Wash.)
In Swift Current, F Colby Cave’s second goal of the game, at 10:14 of OT, gave the Broncos a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . Calgary leads the series 2-1 with Game 4 in Swift Current tonight. . . . Calgary F Cody Sylvester, who scored twice, forced OT with a goal with 33.2 seconds left in the third period. Sylvester scored with the goaltender on the bench for the extra attacker. The Broncos had two chances to clear the zone before Sylvester scored. Swift Current D Reece Scarlett, who drew an assist on each of his side’s first two goals, was off for delay of game — yes, it was for clearing the puck over the glass — at the time. . . . F Adam Lowry had Swift Current’s other goal and also had two assists. . . . Sylvester and Lowry have three goals each in the three games. . . . Broncos G Eetu Laurikainen stopped 43 shots, 17 of them in the first period. . . . G Chris Driedger of the Hitmen turned aside 39 shots. . . . This was the Broncos’ first home playoff game since the spring of 2009. The Broncos didn’t qualify in either of the last two seasons and in 2010 were bumped from their home arena by the world women’s curling championship.
CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT (5):
CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT (2):
From Swift Current D Reece Scarlett (@reecescartlett7): “What a roller coaster of emotions. Still trying to take a deep breath . . . #whyweplay”
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